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Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:18-20

Great Authority



1.  The Great Commission gives marching orders to the apostles and to all subsequent disciples, Matt. 28:18-20 (Mk. 16:15-16; Lk. 24:47).

2.  This charge rests upon the great authority of Jesus Christ.



   -Heaven and earth: Every realm, sphere and being, cf. 1 Cor. 15:25-27.

  A.  All Authority was Given by the Father, Jno. 5:19-23, 26-27.

      -We must honor the Son to receive life from Him, 5:23, 25-26.

  B.  All Authority was Accepted by the Son, 1 Pet. 3:22 (Dan. 7:13-14).

    1.  Reigning at the right hand of God, Heb. 1:5-9.

    2.  Far above every position, power and government, Eph. 1:20-23.

    3.  Christ has authority:

      a.  To rule, Col. 1:16-18.

      b.  To judge (condemn), Jno. 5:27-30.

      c.  To save, Acts 4:12. Hence, the great commission...

    4.  Christ has authority over every person on earth, and His authority is expressed by means of His word, the NT, Psa. 110:1-3.

    5.  Unbelievers are under His authority, too.



  A.  Disciples are Made by Teaching, Jno. 6:44-45; Rom. 10:17; Eph. 4:20-21.

    1.  Gospel power to save by teaching unbelievers to believe, Rom. 1:16 (Mk. 16:15).

    2.  Authority to make disciples does not lie in the church or in the wisdom and will of men – in Christ! 1 Cor. 2:1-5

    3.  That is why we preach Christ – so disciples are made by His power.

  B.  Disciples are Made by Baptism, 28:19. In the name of...

    1.  Into a relationship with, cf. Gal. 3:27.

    2.  By the authority of, Acts 2:38; 8:12, 16; 10:48; 19:2-5; 22:16.

  C.  Disciples are Made in Order to Live, 28:20; Acts 2:42; Rom. 6:4; 2 Tim. 2:2 (Lk. 9:23).



  A.  We are to Observe All the Words of Christ.

    1.  All of Christ’s words are to be heard today.

    2.  Some are dissecting Christ’s words into pre-cross/post-cross:

      a.  “Jesus revealed no New Testament doctrine during the thirty-three years of the Old Testament age described in MMLJBC.” (Letter to Dennis Ross, Nov-Dec, 2004)

      b.  On Matt. 5:17ff: “…a section that obviously is not part of the new covenant teaching.  Jesus teaching Jews, bringing them back to the Law of Moses – and He’s going to be reinforcing exactly what Moses said.” (Sam Dawson, The Sermon on the Mount, the Law of Moses, and the New Covenant, 4/15/90, Sumner, WA; emphasis his)

      c.  On Matthew 5:19: The new covenant was “not going to be revealed for three more years!” (Ibid)

      -[By this rationale, Dawson would have Jesus telling the apostles to teach Christians to live by the Law of Moses in Matt. 28:20!]

    3.  No difference in the authority of Christ’s words:

      a.  Pre-cross, Matt. 28:20; 17:5; Heb. 2:3Matt. 4:17, 23.

      b.  Post-cross, Acts 1:3-8; Apostolic doctrine, Jno. 13:20.

      c.  Holy Spirit inspiration, Jno. 16:12-15; Mk. 16:19-2o.

      d.  Example: Theophilus was taught the gospel...life of Christ assured his faith was true, Lk. 1:1-4.

    4.  Any doctrine that separates the words of Christ from His authority that we are under today is not from God!

       -MDR error that removes Matt. 19:1-9 from application today.

  B.  Fellowship with Christ is Based on Keeping His Commands, Matt. 28:20.

    1.  Basis of fellowship with Christ:

      a.  The apostles’ teachings, 1 Jno. 1:3-4.

      b.  Keeping His commandments, 1 Jno. 2:3-6.

      c.  Abide in His teaching, 2 Jno. 9.

    2.  Assurance of Christ’s presence in our lives, Eph. 3:17; 1 Jno. 5:13.



1.  The great authority of Jesus Christ is exclusive – Head of the church and Ruler over all men.

2.  Salvation is only by His power, Acts 4:12.

3.  Come to Jesus, He will save you.



By: Joe R. Price

Posted: April 26, 2013